May 2019 eNEWS – Early Learning Facilities Assessment Update, Outdoor Play Intervention Project, From the Ground Up: Improving Early Childhood Facilities, Opening a New Center

Update on the 2019 Early Learning
Facilities Assessment

Facilities have a dramatic impact on access and quality in early learning. The 2019 Early Learning Facilities Needs Assessment funded by Rhode Island’s Preschool Development Grant will focus on better understanding space issues and on recommending concrete strategies to improve existing infrastructure while also getting new quality spaces developed and online. One key component of this assessment is hearing from all of you! Over the last several weeks the LISC team has been reaching out to survey early care and education providers across Rhode Island.

We want to extend a huge thank you to the 164 community based centers and schools who participated in the survey! You may recall, the survey included an opportunity to apply for one of fifteen $1,000 mini-grants for “Out of the Sandbox” creative, low-cost ideas for improving your space. Awardees were selected through a competitive process led by a committee of stakeholders. There were a variety of great ideas ranging from a multi-generational garden space and a mist-walk, to acoustical classroom tiles and lighting modifications to create a more welcoming entrance for families. A full list of grantees can be found here:

In This Issue
  • 2019 Outdoor Play Intervention Project
  • From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities
  • So You Think You Want to Open a New Center? Here’s What You Need to Do.


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